With great food and drink on offer in Northern Ireland, we've compiled this list of a variety of bars to help you wet your whistle and shelter from the winter weather. Including The Hillside, Hilden Brewery and more - you're sure to find your perfect local in Lisburn & Castlereagh.
The Hillside Bar & Restaurant is ideally located on Main Street, Hillsborough. As the oldest pub in the village, dating back to 1752, it has proven it's longevity. The recent refurbishment and continual friendly service impress visitors who travel to the village from all over the world to visit Hillsborough Castle. Their warm welcome extends to four-legged visitors as well, and is the perfect place for your pooch to warm up by the turf fire after a winter walk in Hillsborough forest.
The Tap Room is nestled within Hilden Brewery, Northern Ireland's oldest of it's kind. It's the ideal location to enjoy a pint of their own brews, which range from stouts to IPAs. Not only is it located in such an awe inspiring place, it's also got musical connections with the famous Beer & Music Festival and local music nights. If you need somewhere to shelter from the winter weather with tonnes of atmosphere - this is the spot.
The Still House of Moira is a family owned Distillery & Pub in the beautiful village of Moira Co Down, with the RubyBlue range of speciality spirits produced on site by Stuart and Barbara Hughes there is a real love for local produce. Set within a village full of Georgian character, it makes for a picturesque winter outing.
The Lewis is a community Tavern & Kitchen that occupies the old moat site in the beautiful town of Dundonald. Due to the classic pub events and an exceptional beer garden, The Lewis really stands out amongst our picks. If you're interested in a bit of the history of the village, why not take a winter walk around the Motte and finish your exploration at this excellent pub?
From outside The Speckled Hen seems quite petite. However, once inside, the Pub boasts a traditional public bar with an inviting fireplace - the perfect bijou spot for a quiet pint. The original pub dates back to at least 1660 and hosts a wide selection of over seventy draught and bottled beers along with over thirty bottled ciders. In addition, the dining room is warm and homely yet has a very contemporary feel. (Photo credit: Hibernia Landscapes)
The Cardan Bar and Grill combines a contemporary gastro pub experience with exceptional food and drinks menus in a relaxed and friendly environment. In the heart of Lisburn, The Cardan provides entertainment every week from Thursday to Sunday and is perfectly located to explore the City.